Prof. Adnan Badran
Prof. Badran was born on 15 December 1935 in Jerash, Jordan. He is married with several children.
He obtained his BSc from Oklahoma State University, USA (1959), and his MSc (1961) and PhD (1963) both from Michigan State University, USA. He has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Sung Kyuakwan University, Seoul, Republic of Korea.
A professor for over thirty-five years, he was Dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of Jordan (1971-1976) and then President of Yarmouk University, Jordan (1976-1986). At present he is President of Petra University, Jordan.
He is a Fellow of the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), a member of the Institute of Biological Sciences and member of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS) (since 1993), a member of the Arab Thought Forum (1981-present) and a member of the World Affairs Council (1980-present). He is the former Deputy Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) (1993-1998), and Assistant Director-General for Science of UNESCO (1990-1993). He has served as Secretary General of Jordan’s Higher Council for Science and Technology (HCST), Minister of Agriculture, Minister of Education and Prime Minister of Jordan during 2005.
Prof. Badran is the author/editor of more than 18 books and 90 research papers in the field of Biology, Economic Development, Education and International Cooperation.
He has been awarded the Al-Nahda, the Al-Yarmouk, and the Istiklal (Independence) Medals of Jordan (the latter in 1995), and the Alfonso X Medal of Spain.
Prof. Badran was elected as a Fellow of the IAS in 1989, and served as Treasurer and Council Member (since 1999).